Illinois Department of Public Health Supports COVID-19 Contact Tracing | Local news

Ludwig noted that employees who test positive for COVID-19 and need work release letters will need to request them from the state’s automated system.

“Failure to participate in the proposed assessments will not generate release letters. The Rock Island County Health Department cannot issue release letters as this process is part of centralized contact tracing efforts.” , said Ludwig. “The state surge center will handle all calls, but if you don’t get a call, you still have to follow isolation and quarantine rules.

“For the health of our health workers and all members of the community, COVID positive patients should stay at home. Those who take tests at home should also follow isolation and quarantine rules to protect us. all as much as possible. We have all the tools to prevent serious illness: vaccination, reminders, masking, social distancing, hand washing, disinfection and isolation when you are sick. “

Ludwig said the removal of contact tracing from local public health departments is a result of the explosion of cases in the Quad-Cities.

“Vaccination remains our best tool to end the pandemic, but only about 60% of Rock Island County residents aged 5 and over are fully vaccinated. As a result, our number of cases has reached record levels,” Ludwig explained. “The Illinois Health Department, including the Rock Island Health Department, does not have enough staff to answer all of the calls that will come in from the community during this latest wave. counties and state hospitals are overwhelmed. “

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